There's a lot of great information in this post and I encourage you to read through it ... however, if you don't have the time right now, you might find the following quick links helpful:
Last week we decided to apply a little political pressure by contacting our officials about Fracking, a dangerous method of extracting natural gas and oil. Hopefully, whether you chose to accept the challenge or not, you learned something about the practice.
The Honor Society are those people who help us spread the "green" word by writing an article about our challenges and/or leaving pertinent comments. Here's what they had to say:
From Argentum Vulgaris: Change the World Wednesday – 6th Feb.
From CelloMom: In case you missed a recent piece of news: Apart from toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, there is the risk of leaks, which can make natural gas have a climate footprint equal to that of coal. Since methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. http://www.cellomomcars.com/2013/01/is-energy-from-natural-gas-cleaner-than.html"
From Laura Simmons: "Wow that was a great deal of information. Every time I have tried to contact my representatives via email, the email have come back as "inbox full"."
From Catherine: " This is my first #CTWW challenge - I just signed and will blog about it soon! Fracking is something that needs to be questioned. I also hate that some friends use it as an excuse to not reduce their consumption/footprint, "oh it's OK, fracking means we can just keep going as usual". Grrr! Thanks for that great twitter list btw, I'll start following everyone I'm not already :) " Catherine wrote Wednesday…a good day to change the world!
Our Twitter friends joined the conversation ... here's what they had to say:
- Badly matched parcel size to contents. what a waste: https://twitter.com/pinkladyapril/status/299205980841988096/photo/1
- Fracking...Risky Gas Drilling Threatens Health & Water Supplies: http://www.nrdc.org/energy/gasdrilling/
- Hydraulic Fracturing or "Fracking" "...they don’t have to disclose what chemicals they pump into our waterways."http://www.nwf.org/What-We-Do/Energy-and-Climate/Drilling-and-Mining/Natural-Gas-Fracking.aspx
- Fracking Under Pressure: The Environmental and Social Impacts and Risks of Shale Gas Development: http://www.sustainalytics.com/fracking-under-pressure-environmental-and-social-impacts-and-risks-shale-gas-development
- It's on t.v. here right now. I've emailed our local representative & signed an online petition to ban this practice
The #CTWW Gang are those folks who share our challenges on twitter using the hashtag #CTWW. If you're a Twitter member, I highly recommend following them ... they have a lot of great things to say. Let's meet them:
Thanks, everyone! If you wrote an article, I have Stumbled, Tweeted, Facebooked and posted it on Google +. You can help spread the "green" word by using the share feature at the bottom of this post.
This Week's Challenge:
In June of 2012 we joined Mrs. Green in her "Use It Up" challenge. It's one of those activities which bears repeating from time to time because food has a sneaky way of accumulating in our homes. More importantly, food waste is at an all time high ... it's bad for our finances and bad for the environment. So, Mrs. Green is doing a Half Term Challenge and we're invited to join her. Here you go ...
- Take a look through your fruit, vegetables and fresh items in the fridge to see what needs using up. Write it all down – it’s easier to keep track that way.
- Plan some of your favorite meals around the foods that need using up.
- If you need inspiration, write your food list on Mrs. Green's post (you'll find it HERE) and her community will help or ... check out the recipes section at Love Food Hate Waste.
- Enjoy some great meals, knowing you are saving money and protecting resources.
Are you ready to tackle this one? I know that you are!
Until next time ...
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!